Chances drop that storm system in Atlantic will turn scary

The National Hurricane Center says that chances are diminishing that a "disorganized" system of showers and thunderstorms between Bermuda and the Bahamas will turn into the first tropical storm of the Atlantic season.

As of this morning, the Hurricane Center was projecting a 20 percent chance that the system would develop into a tropical storm or hurricane during the next 48 hours. On Monday, forecasters had said there was a 30 percent chance.

"This low is moving slowly toward the north-northwest and is still producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms along with gale force winds," the Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters said they did not expect to issue any more updates on this system.

The first tropical storm or hurricane of the season will be named Alex.

Dockery drops out of Florida governor’s race

TALLAHASSEE — Republican state Sen. Paula Dockery has dropped out of the Florida governor’s race.

The Lakeland lawmaker said Monday she could “see no financial path to victory.”

Besides being outspent in the GOP primary race, Dockery trailed Attorney General Bill McCollum and political newcomer Rick Scott in public opinion polls.

Scott, who made a fortune in the hospital industry, jumped into second place in the polls after entered the race last month and spending $4.7 million to blanket the state with television commercials.

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is the leading Democratic candidate although she might get a primary challenge from Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, son of late Gov. Lawton Chiles.

— Herald staff and wire